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Go8

The Group of Eight

Australia’s Leading Universities, leading excellence, leading debate

The Group of Eight Universities

Including Australian National University, Group of Eight (Go8) is known throughout the globe for being a coalition of Australia’s best universities. Bachelor courses provided by Go8 member universities have duration of 3 to 4 years depending on the area of study. Intakes are commonly in February and in July. Many of the Go8 universities have pathway programs with colleges which acknowledge credit for prior learning in college. International students can be granted credit recognition for studies done previously in overseas if the field of study matches the course content. Focus on professional education is biggest strength of Australian universities and Commonwealth Government of Australia supports Australian education through many ways. ESOS Act protects the rights of international students. 

Often described as Ivy League of Australia, Group of Eight was incorporated in 1999 by 8 research intensive universities of Australia. For influencing the delivery of sustainable higher education and research, Go8 takes discussions on effect of national policies. Also Go8 develops international alliances and makes positive influences at cultural, economic and social levels.

Australian National University (ANU)

Located in Canberra, the Australian capital city, ANU is a member of Go8 and the only national university of Australia. In 1946, Commonwealth Government of Australia established ANU for the prosperity of Australia. ANU’s research focuses on prosperity of Australia in the area of education/economies/foreign relations. Until now, various researches are in progress with support of the Australian government in medicines, economics, and Asian study. Former researcher in ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, professor Brian Schmidt AC is a renowned scientist and Nobel Prize laureate. ANU was ranked Australia’s number 1 university according to QS ranking 2015/16.

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The University of Sydney

University of Sydney was established in 1850 and for many years, the name appeared on the top range of world university rankings. Arts and Humanities faculties were ranked 14th by QS World University Rankings 2015/16. University of Sydney is counted as one of the best universities in Asia-Pacific region. According to QS world university rankings, international students account for 12,278 of 42,592 students in 2016. University of Sydney also has official connections with elite universities around the world.

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The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)

UNSW is one of Australia's leading research and teaching universities. UNSW has Faculty Advisory Councils and each council consists of current industry leaders. Members provide links to business, government and associations relevant to the respective fields. UNSW continuously renew programs with help of experts from industries and communities. UNSW hosts public events including concert performances, open days and public forums on issues such as the environment, healthcare and global politics. UNSW shares knowledge with both local and global communities to develop lasting knowledge.

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The University of Melbourne

Established in 1853, The University of Melbourne is the second oldest university in Australia and a school of Nobel Prize recipient Professor Peter Doherty. University of Melbourne is a proud member of Go8. University of Melbourne is well known in the field of medicine, dentistry, law and business. University of Melbourne has been consistently ranked number 1 university in Australia by QS World University Rankings. Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2106 ranked University of Melbourne 33th from universities all around the world.

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The University of Monash

Monash University is a member of Group of Eight and offers various undergraduate and postgraduate courses. In terms of quality of education, it offers unparalleled education environment. Also, Monash University graduates are known as highly employable. Monash University was established in Melbourne, Australia in 1958. Monash students can choose from many study options including double degrees, part-time study, off-campus learning and alternative pathways. 51,465 students enrolled in 2015 and 16,274 students were international students. Undergraduate students take 62% and post graduate students take 38% of total number of students.

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The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide was established in 1874 and it is the third oldest university in Australia. It is located in Adelaide CBD, the capital city of South Australia. Due to comparatively low cost of living in Adelaide, public transport and facilities are easily usable. Graduates include three Nobel Prize laureates. University of Adelaide is Australia’s first university and only the second in the world to admit women to academic courses(in 1881). University of Adelaide has association with five Nobel Prize laureates and two are alumni of the University.

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The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland(UQ), located in St. Lucia, is a member of Group of Eight, as well as a member of Universitas[Jin1] 21, global network of research universities, and has history spanning more than hundred years. Approximately 40,000 students enrolled in 2016. ‘Engineering’, ‘Life Sciences’ and ‘Medicines’ are well known for its strength. UQ ranks in the top 50 of QS World University Rankings and the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. The University’s outstanding 225,000-plus alumni include Nobel laureate, Fortune 500 company CEOs, Academy Award winner, and leaders in government, law, science, public service and the arts.

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The University of Western Australia (UWA)

UWA was established in 1911 and take international students from more than 60 different countries. Professor Barry Marshall, the most popular Nobel Prize Winner alive, is a graduate of UWA. UWA’s undergraduate students are well known for their excellent academic talent because of its high ATAR cut-offs like other member universities of Go8. UWA works through both national and international networks including Group of Eight, Matariki and World Wide Universities Network.

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